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Doctor insights on: Drinking Alcohol And Taking Antibiotics

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Is it true that drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics would negate their effects?

Is it true that drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics would negate their effects?

No: Alcohol can cause drug interactions with some antibiotics such as Flagyl but it does not interfere with the antibacterial effects of antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Are there side effects to drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics ?

Are there side effects to drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics ?

Ask your doctor: Usually, healthcare providers recommend avoiding alcohol while on antibiotics medication. However, there is no clear evidence of harm from modest alcohol intake, always ask your doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics deter their effectiveness ? Or will it make you more drowsy/nauseous . Metronidazole and doxycycline

Will drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics deter their effectiveness ?  Or will it make you more drowsy/nauseous . Metronidazole and doxycycline

Severe vomiting: Like trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole , Metronidazole and alcohol can cause a Disulfiram -like reaction similar the drug, Antabuse (disulfiram) - resulting in violent vomiting. Doxycycline in itself, can cause severe nausea and vomiting. As a result, you will not likely keep you medication down - which ultimately restricts the effectiveness of the vomited antibiotic. ...Read more

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Why can't you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Why can't you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

You can: Alcohol interacts with afew antibiotics such as Flagyl but can be taken while on most antibiotics if so desired. The alcohol should only be drunk in moderation and if you have a significant infection you should abstain until the infection is better. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Can I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Not a good idea: Alcohol usually does not agree with any kind of treatment. Since it lowers your immune system, you may be cancelling out the effect of the antibiotic. ...Read more

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Why can't you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics? What is the main reason?

Why can't you drink alcohol while taking antibiotics? What is the main reason?

Possible reaction: Some common antibiotics, like metronidazol (flagyl), trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazol (bactrim), and tinidazol (tindamax) can cause severe flushing, headache, nausea and vomiting, and elevated heart rate when combined with even a little alcohol. In general, the side effects of other antibiotics are similar to those of drinking, and might therefore be worsened by consuming alcohol. ...Read more

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When can you drink alcohol after taking an antibiotic called augumentin.. Thank you so much.. ?

When can you drink alcohol after taking an antibiotic called augumentin.. Thank you so much.. ?

When finished: You should not drink with most medications. So when you finish your prescription. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol while taking the antibiotic biaxin (clarithromycin)?

Can i drink alcohol while taking the antibiotic biaxin (clarithromycin)?

When checking this: On a drug interaction checker, it indicated that there can be minor, clinically insignificant but unspecified interactions. Should be fine but don't drink to excess. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking the antibiotic augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate)?

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking the antibiotic augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate)?

Yes: No problem taking penicillin class antibiotics with alcohol but keep it in moderation. If you have a significant infection it would be best to abstain until the infection has resolved. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol while taking amoxicillin antibiotics?

Not recommended: It is generally not recommended to drink alcoholic beverages while on antibiotics. Best to finish the full course befoe drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking UTI antibiotics? Will it kill me if I do?

Can I drink alcohol while taking UTI antibiotics? Will it kill me if I do?

Not a good idea: Consuming alcohol whilst taking antibiotics will not kill you, but alcohol can neutralize the antibiotics thus making them less effective. Also alcohol can irritate bladder lining & thus interfere with the healing process ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking nitrofurantoin antibiotics for my uti?

1-2 drinks..: 1-2 drinks of alcohol separately from time of taking the medicine should not affect the effectiveness of the medication/or cause problems, but be sensible. Be good and don't drink and drive. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it true that it's ok to drink alcohol one day after taking antibiotics?

HOW MUCH?: Are we talking about a beer or a case? A small amount of alcohol is probably not significant. Large amounts are a generally bad idea with or without medications. Be sure of the question you're asking. ...Read more

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Is it OK to drink alcohol while taking z pac (azithromycin) antibiotic?

Is it OK to drink alcohol while taking z pac (azithromycin) antibiotic?

Within limits, yes: Azithromycin can cause gastrointestinal irritation with abdominal pain, nausea, or cramping, and alcohol could make it worse. For most people, a couple of drinks, wine or beer aren't likely to be a problem, but go easy. Of course heavy alcohol use impairs the body's ability to fight any infection, so no heavy drinking. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more